Easily one of the most prestigious film festivals in the city, the Chicago International Film Festival continues to introduce the newest and most creative cinematic masterminds of our time.
The Festival was founded in 1964 by notable filmmaker and graphic designer Michael Kutza and happens to be the first competitive international film festival in North America.
The 44th Annual Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 16-29 in 2008. View Schedule
Although the Festival has come a long way in terms of size and reputation, it has always consisted of an impressive jury of critics, actors and directors. The Festival also prides itself on introducing some of the world’s most brilliant filmmakers including Martin Scorcese (United States, Bertrand Tavernier (France) and Victor Erice (Spain).
Attendees of the Festival can look forward to Q&A sessions with the artists of the showcased films. And with stars like Geoffrey Rush, Spike Lee and Billy Bob Thornton present, these sessions should be taken advantage of!
The International Film Festival honors its name by highlighting films of a different culture every year. Past festivals have showcased films from Mexico, Cuba, Japan and the Philippines.